MWF Seeking BFF
by Rachel Bertsche
Rachel Bertsche realized after a few years in a new city (Chicago) that she was missing an important element in her social life: a best friend. More importantly, a local best friend, since her other best friends were left behind on the east coast when she moved. But with not being single, not being in school and not being particularly religious, she had no idea how to go about finding potential friends. Or how to grow the friendship into something meaningful once she had found them. So she set out on a year-long quest to discover and try as many ways of meeting and making friends as possible, in the hopes of finding a new lady BFF.
I loved this book. And I think anyone who has struggled to find and make friends as an adult will love it, too. Particularly women, but I think men could possibly find it useful/entertaining, too. The writing is funny and honest, and she covers so many different ideas on how to put yourself out there to meet new friends. It’s organized well, and she makes you laugh and feel her pain with the stories she recounts. And she goes into lots of research on what makes friendships work and different studies on social interaction. It’s just well-written, and encouraging and inspiring. Since I have found myself in a similar situation here in Austin (lots of acquaintances and friends, but no really really close lady friends), I felt like she was writing for me. I could so easily put myself in her shoes. I’d already done some of the ideas she tried, but I plan on following up on more. Overall, it was just an excellent read. If you’re looking for ways/ideas to make friends in your city, definitely give it a read.
I give it 5/5 stars.
You know I loved this book, and I totally agree with what she had to say about trying to find friends without seeming weird. It’s really hard! And when I posted about this, there was a huge response with everyone pretty much saying the same thing. We’re all in the same boar, but we can’t find each other!
We’re too spread out!! It’s the curse and blessing of the internet age – you can easily find friends you really connect with online, but they are usually not in your city. 🙁
Also, I am in favor of the blogger sleepover idea you were tossing around on Twitter.
Cancel that 2nd part, wrong Kristen!
I believe I’ll be reserving this at the library!
Let me know what you think of it! 🙂